Working in a school, it was my job to help teach kids.
But as I reflect on the last 7 years, I’ve come to realize they taught me too…
In fact, I might have learned more from them than they did from me!
We can ALL learn from kids… As long as we are open to the possibility.
We can look to our kids as teachers.
Here are 7 remarkable lessons that I learned from spending my days with kids:
#1: Be Fearless
Kids are courageous! They inspire me with their willingness to try new things. They don’t let failure keep them down. They get back up and try again. Those brave little beings…
#2: Look For the Good In People
Kids don’t judge others. They are always willing to put their trust in people. They are understanding. Kids give others the benefit of the doubt. I’ve seen more kids willing to help others – regardless of their circumstances.
#3: Its Always the Perfect Time For a Dance Party
Dance, play, BE SILLY! They understand the importance of playing and having fun. Oh, and their imaginations…! Imaginative play is wonderful for enhancing problem solving skills! I know a handful of adults who could harness their inner-child a little more… 😛
#4: Notice the Little Things in Life
Kids are super aware. They pay attention to all the minor details. They see things that adults don’t.“Look! A lady bug!!!” They will be enchanted with that lady bug for hours… They appreciate the simple things in life.
#5: It’s Okay To Cry
In fact, its okay to let any emotion out. Kids do this naturally. They aren’t afraid to cry or scream. They don’t bottle up their emotions. They are great teachers at letting it out and moving on.
#6: Trust Your Gut
Kids are wonderful at following their instincts. They listen to what their bodies are telling them. They don’t let misleading information distract them from making the right decision… They feel in their gut.
#7: Everyday Is a New Day
This is a big one… Kids don’t hold onto things that adults do. They forgive themselves and others with ease. They can move on. They understand that each new day is a fresh start and they don’t carry the past with them.
We could all learn a thing or two from the kiddos in our lives…
What sorts of things have kids taught you?
I sure am grateful for the lessons they taught me!